A new transport development strategy adopted by the government
The Council of Ministers adopted a resolution on the adoption of the Sustainable Development Strategy for Transport by 2030, submitted by the Minister of Infrastructure, informed the Ministry of Infrastructure. Adoption of the strategy means that it is no longer in force: Transport Development Strategy to 2020 (with a perspective until 2030) adopted in 2013 and the supra-regional strategy “Master Plan for Railway Transport in Poland until 2030” adopted by the government in 2008.
Transport policy objectives
The main objective of the presented strategy is to increase the country’s transport accessibility and to improve the safety of traffic participants and the efficiency of the transport sector. This will be done by creating a coherent, sustainable, innovative and user-friendly transport system at the national, European and global levels. Thanks to this it will be possible to develop favourable conditions conducive to stable economic development of the country.
Actions under the strategy
The Ministry of Infrastructure has indicated measures that will be necessary to achieve the main objective by 2030:
- building an integrated and interconnected transport network for a competitive economy,
- improving the organisation and management of the transport system,
- promotion of public transport,
- increasing the safety of road users and freight,
- reducing the negative impact of transport on the environment,
- improving the efficiency of the use of public funds for transport undertakings.
The document contains specific projects, the implementation of which is to ensure the creation of a coherent network of motorways, expressways and high standard railway lines. The projects of the developed network of airports, sea ports, inland waterways and public transport systems are also indicated. The implementation of 22 strategic projects was assumed, which result from the Strategy for Responsible Development and new projects of key importance for the development of Poland’s transport system.
Increase in freight transport and passenger traffic
The strategy assumes that in 2015-2030 cargo transport will increase from 1.911bn tonnes to 2.168bn tonnes in the minimum variant or to 2.432bn tonnes in the maximum variant. On the other hand, the volume of passenger traffic by all means of transport will increase from about 31bn people at present to about 37.5-39.1bn people.